The Milan vs Inter match ended with a score of 2-0 in favor of the away team, let’s look back at the highlights after this match ended.
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Simone Inzaghi was right to choose Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku were both available from the start, but coach Simone Inzaghi chose the former Man City star to play alongside Lautaro Martinez. And the Bosnian star responded to his teacher’s trust. It was he who opened the scoring for the visitors in the 8th minute.
In a corner taken by Calhanoglu, Edin Dzeko broke free from Calabria’s watch to make a decisive volley, tossing the roof of the Maignan net. Dzeko has now become Inter’s top scorer in the Champions League this season, having just scored his fourth, one more than Barella and Romelu Lukaku.
The former Man City star also (37 years and 54 days) became the second oldest player to score in a Champions League semi-final, after Ryan Giggs (37 years and 148 days in April 2011).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan speaks at the right time
3 minutes after Edin Dzeko’s opening goal, the away team got their second. From Dimarco’s down-line and cross on the left wing, Mkhitaryan picked up the ball in the middle, burst into the box and then delivered a decisive kick in face-to-face defeating goalkeeper Maignan.
Federico Dimarco is the first Inter player to provide more than five assists in a single Champions League season since Samuel Eto’o in 2010/11. Meanwhile Mkhitaryan scored his second goal in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League – his first came in February 2014.
Inter repeats miracles after 28 years
Despite having to be a guest, Inter took a 2-0 lead after just over 10 minutes of play. According to statistics, Inter is only the fourth team to lead by 2 goals in the first 11 minutes of the Champions League semi-final, after Juventus vs MU in April 1999, MU vs Arsenal in May 2009 and Man City vs Real Madrid. in April 2022.
Inter celebrated their third consecutive win over their neighbors – something they haven’t done in more than three years. And they beat the Rossoneri three times in the same campaign for the first time since the 1994/95 season (28 years). Before beating Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the C1 semi-final, the Nerazzurri won 3-0 in the Italian Super Cup and 1-0 in the second leg of Serie A this season.
This is also the third derby in a row, Inter have not conceded a goal against Milan – something that has not happened since 1980. In addition, Inter have kept 7 clean sheets to date, a record for them in a season. Champions League and equal with Bayern Munich this season.
Milan’s bad performance
Milan had a disappointing game. The defense kept clean sheets in 3 of 4 matches in the knockout stages of the Champions League this season, allowing Inter to concede 2 times in just 11 minutes. The lack of drastic situations in the interception plus the position error of the defenders caused the home team to receive 2 early goals.
If the defense is not focused, the Milan attack does not prove much. If including the first half, Milan could not have a single shot on goal in a game where they were too soft and distracted. On the day Rafael Leao missed the field due to injury, Giroud seemed to be missing from the field. Tonali’s efforts were not enough for the home team to score.
Losing 0-2 at home, Milan’s chance of entering the final is very small. According to statistics, only Barca is the team that won by at least 2 goals in the first leg of the semi-finals but could not reach the final. Accordingly, in 2019 they won 3-0 against Liverpool at Camp Nou before losing 0-4 at Anfield.
Inter has a great opportunity to play in the final
With the initiative to enter the game and the ability to take advantage of good opportunities, Inter took a 2-0 lead after only 11 minutes. Then the Nerazzurri successfully defended the victory. Winning 2-0 in the first leg away from home, Inter has a great chance to play in the Champions League final this season.
The last time Inter won the Champions League was in 2010, under Jose Mourinho. That was the year they won the great treble. Inzaghi did not have the opportunity to equal Mourinho’s achievements 13 years ago, but if he helps Inter win the Italian Cup and Champions League after winning the Italian Super Cup, he will still go down in Nerazzurri history as one of the greatest coaches.